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Old 08-20-2015   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Arkansas / Gentlemen of the Road

Hey guys. I'm new to the community and the rafting world. I have a 16' oar cataraft that I've taken on the upper Colorado a handful of times. I am going to Salida for the Gentlemen of the Road music festival and plan on bringing my raft. Everything I am reading leads me to think Brown's Canyon is way too low to run for a novice with a big boat and passengers. (16' Cataraft w/ 72" frame & hard floors)

I'm looking to take some friends out for a fun float. Any suggestions for the weekend?


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Old 08-20-2015   #2
Salida, Colorado
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That boat is kinda big for these low flows. Leave it at home and enjoy the music. Bunch of really fun acts in town tonight, and a whole bunch more to come through the weekend, so just roll with that. Shoshone/Glenwood will still be fun in that big ass cat-boat well into fall.

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Old 08-21-2015   #3
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We are headed that way this weekend. We decided to leave the raft (14'er) at home, and take the duckies. We were there last year earlier in the month. We got stuck in the raft a few times, but was still a good time. Thinking that the flow is just dropping to fast to make it worth bring the raft. If you don't have access to smaller craft, you could always go with an outfitter.
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Old 08-21-2015   #4
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"River gets deeper, not shallow.....further you move down the stream". Try Parkdale?

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Old 08-21-2015   #5
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14' rafts can be run at this level, but mandatory getting stuck in several places, ducky's and small cat's/ rafts would be more fun.
!6' cat w/ passengers would be murder on the ark right now.
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Old 08-21-2015   #6
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I agree that a 16' cat is too big for Browns right now. But there are other (slower and lazy) floats you can still do. Big Bend to Salida east would be fine. Also East to Rincon. It's up to you because there is alot of traffic in town because of the concert. Might be a pain pulling a trailer?
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Old 08-21-2015   #7
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The diversion above Salida is gonna be tough in a 16'- rope it down and push like hell over the rocks at the bottom

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